Michelle Gordon is an environment and resource studies co-op student at the University of Waterloo. She is fascinated with ecological restoration and learning about plants, especially ones with berries! Michelle loves inspiring kids about nature through her work an outdoor educator with the p.i.n.e. project.
Outdoor education, nature-connection, qualitative and visual methodologies
For almost two years, Michelle has worked with Professor Bryan Grimwood in collaboration with the p.i.n.e. project, a charity organization in Toronto devoted to mentoring resilient children using deep nature connection programs.
Using qualitative and visual methodologies, Michelle and Professor Grimwood engaged with child participants of the programs to document and communicate their stories and experiences of environmental learning, community, and nature-culture connection.
Research also involved participation observation of p.i.n.e.’s various seasonal programs, and several interviews with p.i.n.e. staff members. Michelle presented preliminary results of the research at the Horwood Conference, a student conference organized by the Council of Outdoor Educators of Ontario. She also led the creation of a compilation of participant photographs and quotes that celebrates key stories emerging from the research.